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Is Social Media Destroying Real Communication?

Is Social Media Destroying Real Communication? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Social media may have revolutionized communication, but it threatens our ability to communicate. Without the benefit of body language, we are operating with a major deficit.

 

As human beings, our only real method of connection is through authentic communication. Studies show that only 7% of communication is based on the written or verbal word. A whopping 93% is based on nonverbal body language. Indeed, it’s only when we can hear a tone of voice or look into someone’s eyes that we’re able to know when “I’m fine” doesn’t mean they’re fine at all…or when “I’m in” doesn’t mean they’re bought in at all.

 

This is where social media gets dicey.

 

Awash in technology, anyone can hide behind the text, the e-mail, the Facebook post or the tweet, projecting any image they want and creating an illusion of their choosing. They can be whoever they want to be. And without the ability to receive nonverbal cues, their audiences are none the wiser.

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Want Engaged Customers? Then Engage Your Employees! | trainingmag.com

Want Engaged Customers? Then Engage Your Employees! | trainingmag.com | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

What actions can you take to build an engagement culture ?

 

In today’s challenging economy, companies must deliver a compelling and differentiated customer experience if they are to survive and thrive. Indeed, most companies understand they need to actively engage their customers to build loyalty, deepen relationships, and gain access to insights that inspire future actions.

 

As the pace of business has slowed over the last several years, companies have redoubled efforts to engage their customers—to keep the ones they have and bring in new ones. To achieve these goals, however, employees must first be engaged—committed, enthusiastic, and motivated to provide the interactions and experiences that keep customers close. As many as 83 percent of managers consider employee engagement to be a critical factor in attracting and retaining customers, according to research by the American Society for Training and Development.


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Are You a Leader? Fire Yourself!

Are You a Leader? Fire Yourself! | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
If you want to grow your business this year, give up control of day-to-day operational tasks. (RoastedPixel Are You a Leader? Fire Yourself!

 

You should fire yourself, especially from the jobs that, with your handling them, stand in the way of your company's growth. Because of E-Myth's teachings, I have continued to fire myself over the years from the jobs that earlier on I thought were too important to give to others.

 

By being unwilling to give up control, I was spending most of my time working in my business, not on it. In other words, I was in the weeds every day and I had no time left to think strategically. I was also keeping others on my team from learning how the company runs, and creating a vacuum of lost information as projects were passed from our sales team to the delivery team. On top of that, I found my time consumed in unfortunate ways.

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9 Timeless Leadership Lessons from Cyrus the Great

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Cyrus The Great (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Forget 1-800-CEO Read. The greatest book on business and leadership was written in the 4th century BC by a Greek about a Persian King. Yeah, that's right.

 

Behold: Cyrus the Great, the man that historians call “the most amiable of conquerors,” and the first king to found “his empire on generosity” instead of violence and tyranny.

 

Consider Cyrus the antithesis to Machiavelli’s ideal Prince. The author, himself the opposite of Machiavelli, was Xenophon, a student of Socrates.

 

The book is a veritable classic in the art of leadership, execution, and responsibility. Adapted from Larry Hendrick’s excellent translation, here are nine lessons in leadership from Xenophon’s Cyrus the Great:...


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Time Management Tips

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For a business owner, the inability to effectively manage time, can grow to be a massive liability.

 

The greater the value you place, upon making the absolute best use of every minute of the working day, the greater your chances of being successful in business.

 

This good article, identifies the secrets of achieving more in less time, and provides five tips to help you manage your time more effectively.

 

The secret of achieving more in less time, relies primarily on being capable of prioritizing and setting goals. There is always enough time for the important things, if it is important, you should be able to make time to do it. Likewise, setting goals allows you to focus your efforts on achieving your objectives.

 

Here are some tips that will help you make the best of your time:

 


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Leadership Skills Idea for the Week

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This week think about one characteristic or trait that you habitually do that creates a barrier to your leadership skills. This thought process requires honesty and the eagerness to want to change an old habit into a new habit.

 

Once you have the behavior of that trait clearly in your mind think about what the opposite of the "old habit" looks like. For example, if you tend to be impatient you might sigh, get fidgety, or interrupt others. Now reverse your thinking - patient people are listeners, relaxed, and attentive.

 

So, for this whole week select one behavior that you are going to stop doing and what productive behavior you are going to start doing. Keep score and have fun getting results!


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Leading, When You Are Not The Leader

Leading, When You Are Not The Leader | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

 

Some events have transpired recently that made me stop and ponder this topic of leading when one is not a leader.

 

I am not referring to the process of becoming a leader or learning the skills to become a leader, although following these precepts will certainly help one to become a better leader. I am referring to the scenario of being a part of a team, group, or unit and not actually being the designated leader of that entity. I have come across this in the accountability groups I have run and have put a lot of thought into the successful groups and projects I have been a part of.

 

You could also call this teamwork, but I think that if everyone has leadership in mind, then they will be thinking of how best they can serve their fellow members in the group and the group as a whole.

 

This topic gets especially sticky when the individual leading the group might not be as skilled or seasoned as some of those whom he/she is leading.

 

Following are 5 principles that I have found to be critical to the success of a well-run and execution oriented team....

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Domino Theory: Small steps can lead to big results

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“What if you could make a world-changing impact with one small act? Would you be more inclined to take that first step if you knew your action would gain momentum when aligned with the actions of others?”

 

It might seem daunting for an individual to make big changes in society, but taking that first step can set into motion a series of events culminating in a big result.

Entrepreneur Herb Morreale (CompSci ’91) has distilled all his thoughts and ideas about how individuals can make an impact for the greater good into what he calls his “domino theory.”


As dominos placed on end knock each other in succession, all of the dominos fall due to the energy transferred by each impact. Like tipping over that first domino, one small act can set into motion a series of events that expands out into the world. Examples can be found throughout history. Rosa Parks struck a blow for civil rights when she refused to give up her seat on the bus. A Chinese student stood alone in Tiananmen Square to block military tanks in support of democratic reform. With a swing of a hammer, the Berlin Wall came down.


“I had been thinking about this for quite awhile and trying to understand the patterns of setting things into motion,” says Morreale. “One of the patterns starts with something inspirational. You have to inspire people. It’s in that inspiration that they will feel it here, in their chest. That gives them the motivation to do whatever the next step is.”


To illustrate the power of this process, he says it is possible in a topple of only a few dominoes to knock down a final domino that is many t


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Why some people succeed and others fail

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Success in any endeavour does not happen by chance. It happens through the application of sound principles and purposeful actions.

 

Goals give you purpose and direction to achieve the things you want to do in life. Pursuing and accomplishing worthwhile goals will bring you contentment, success and happiness. We achieve our most positive states of mind when we are striving towards some meaningful goal. People without goals never achieve much. Some people fail to set goals because of ignorance or fear or indeed they may not realise the importance of having goals.

 

Without plans, goals will never be achieved and you will drift aimlessly through life without achieving anything worthwhile. You will need more than good intentions, wishful thinking and vague commitments to achieve the things you want in life.


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15 Things You Should Give Up To Be Happy

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Here is a list of 15 things which, if you give up on them, will make your life a lot easier and much, much happier.

 

We hold on to so many things that cause us a great deal of pain, stress and suffering – and instead of letting them all go, instead of allowing ourselves to be stress free and happy – we cling on to them.

 

Not anymore.

 

Starting today we will give up on all those things that no longer serve us, and we will embrace change. Ready? Here we go:


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Will Marre Interview: Do we need a new model for leadership in business today?

Will Marre Interview: Do we need a new model for leadership in business today? | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
Will Marré, has been involved in the cutting edge of business improvement for 25 years.

 

Will Marré has been on the cutting edge of business improvement for 25 years. He is cofounder and former president of the Covey Leadership Center, founder of the American Dream Project, and cofounder of the Seacology Foundation, an international nonprofit environmental organization focused on saving the endangered species, habitats and cultures that are linked to the world's islands.

 

In this interview at Chapman University in Orange County, California, Marré speaks to Vision about his 2009 book, Save the World and Still Be Home for Dinner.

 

 

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Sustainable Balance in Work and Life

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Save the World and Still Be Home for Dinner by Will Marré proposes a lifestyle that considers sustainability of resources as well as of relationships.

 

Save the World and Still Be Home for Dinner isn’t just a catchy title for a book. As author Will Marré very skillfully points out, it describes a way of life that we commit to when we redefine our worldview about the sustainability of the earth’s resources while also considering the sustainability of the relationships that we have with those around us. It is about life balance.

 

Marré should know about the struggle to maintain life balance. He has counseled and trained countless Fortune 500 executives over the years as the cofounder and former president of the Covey Leadership Center. His purpose is to help bring clarity to cutting-edge leadership strategies, social responsibility and brand innovation.

 

Marré insists that this clarity requires identifying what it is that we want to achieve in our lives and analyzing the essence of what we are trying to accomplish. He refers to this process as making a “Promise” and divides it into two levels. The first level involves committing ourselves to those with whom we already have relationships. If we don’t make and fulfill this level of commitment, helping to make the future better for those in our workplace, our friends in the community, and our family, we become irrelevant and people will not follow us nor will they care about or share our purpose.

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How Geniuses Think

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Thumbnail descriptions of the thinking strategies commonly used by creative geniuses.

 

How do creative geniuses generate so many alternatives and conjectures? Why are so many of their ideas so rich and varied? How do they produce the "blind" variations that lead to the original and novel?

 

A growing cadre of scholars are offering evidence that one can characterize the way geniuses think. By studying the notebooks, correspondence, conversations and ideas of the world's greatest thinkers, they have teased out particular common thinking strategies and styles of thought that enabled geniuses to generate a prodigious variety of novel and original ideas.


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10 Powerful Strategies to Build Your Confidence

10 Powerful Strategies to Build Your Confidence | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Repeating the past in a changing world makes you irrelevant and insignificant. Employing old strategies in new situations tends toward failure.

 

Transition, turbulence, and change test leadership-confidence.

 

Danger and beauty:

 

The danger of confidence is quantity – too little paralyzes; too much and you’re an arrogant fool with a closed mind.

 

The beauty of confidence is lower stress and quiet boldness both in you and those around you.

 

True competence:

 

Confidence connects to competence through past performance. Competency during turbulence, however, is the ability to adapt – not repeat – in order to create the future.

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Empathy Is The Most Powerful Leadership Tool

Empathy Is The Most Powerful Leadership Tool | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

“Become the other person and go from there.” It’s the best piece of coaching advice I ever received, coming from Tanouye Roshi, and it applies equally to influence, negotiation, conflict, sales, teaching, and communication of all kinds.

 

To become the other person is to listen so deeply that our own mind chatter stops; to listen with every pore on our body until we can sense how the other’s mind works.

 

To become the other person is to feel into her emotional state, see through her eyes, think like she thinks, and see how she views us, our proposition, and the situation at hand.

 

To write it out or read it in serial fashion makes it sound like a lengthy, time-consuming process, but in fact, deep empathy conveys its insights in a flash, and our ability to empathize deepens with practice, as we learn to quiet our own inner state.

 

 


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Six Extras that Build Power and Leadership

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When Ann Moore was on her way to becoming CEO of Time Inc., before women were found in top management ranks, she won loyalty by, among other things, spreading a perquisite of her magazine publisher job to peers and subordinates: preferred seats at the best sporting events in New York.

 

Across the Atlantic, Maurice Levy was appointed CEO of Publicis while still a junior employee, in part because of his fervent commitment when the headquarters in Paris caught on fire, and he ran into the offices to rescue client files.

 

High achievers don't turn into leaders, even if they seem to have the right skills, without the power that comes from going beyond the letter of the job and doing what

 

I've come to call the Extras. Here are my top six...

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5 Etiquette Rules That Matter Now

5 Etiquette Rules That Matter Now | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
The word may sound stodgy. But courtesy and manners are still essential--particularly in business.

 

The word "etiquette" gets a bad rap. For one thing, it sounds stodgy and pretentious. And rules that are socially or morally prescribed seem intrusive to our sense of individuality and freedom.

 

But the concept of etiquette is still essential, especially now—and particularly in business. New communication platforms, like Facebook and Linked In, have blurred the lines of appropriateness and we're all left wondering how to navigate unchartered social territory.

 

Boil it down and etiquette is really all about making people feel good. It's not about rules or telling people what to do, or not to do, it's about ensuring some basic social comforts.

 

So here are a few business etiquette rules that matter now—whatever you want to call them.

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Wisdom: The Pauses Between the Notes

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Wisdom seems to be an increasingly rare commodity. Why, and what can we do to develop it?

 

Most of us are rushing around so fast that our lives lose significance. Gandhi was correct when he said that “speed is not the summum bonum of life.”

 

If we slow down, ponder, contemplate and connect, we can develop wisdom. It is a journey that requires less technology and more introspection.

 

Wisdom is a personal quest that must be based on the right perspective. Knowing where wisdom begins is the first step. In the constantly changing context of our lives, a Godly-based wisdom provides us with the answers, guidance and stability we need to live lives of significance and meaning.

 

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Your Life Is the Sum of Your Choices

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The secret to change is the willingness to accept responsibility for our choices. Once we do that, anything becomes possible.

 

We can’t always choose what happens to us, but we can always choose how we respond. Viktor Frankl, an Austrian psychiatrist who survived two-and-a-half years in Nazi concentration camps, made this case in his bestselling book, Man’s Search for Meaning.

 

It’s easy to subscribe to this in theory, but what about your specific situation? Are you willing to own it?

 

For example:

 

Are you in a job you hate, living for the weekends?


Are you unemployed or can’t find a job?


Are you stuck in a bad marriage or going through a divorce?


Are you overweight, out of shape, or sick?


Are you lacking deep, meaningful friendships?

 

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Charting Your Course: A Lesson From The Titanic

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The world recently commemorated the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, one of the worst and certainly the most familiar maritime disasters of all time.

 

There is no historic evidence that this conversation ever took place, but the question remains…why was Captain Smith pushing the Titanic so hard?

 

Perhaps he had been pressured to hasten the ship’s arrival into the port of New York, as the dialog above suggests. Perhaps the iceberg warnings were ignored from overconfidence, because the ship was considered to be unsinkable. Or perhaps it was out of sheer negligence.

 

Whatever the reason, I believe that he would never have been moving at such speed had he understood the purpose of the Titanic and used that purpose to guide his decisions.

 

 

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Intimate friend circles linked to increased happiness, studies show

Intimate friend circles linked to increased happiness, studies show | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it

Having few friends may make you a flop on Facebook, but more isn’t merrier when it comes to real life. At least, not for women.

 

Although the brain can effectively manage a network of 150, researchers say a small, devoted core of female friends — between two and four — appears to provide women with the greatest payoff in terms of stability, happiness and coping.

 

In fact, even in studies of baboons, primatologists find females who keep tight bonds with three same-sex companions are less prone to stress than those who cast a larger but shallower social net.

 

“In the western world, we mistake more money as better; bigger houses as better; more friends as better. But the research keeps calling us back to the fact that we should be going deep, not wide,” says Harvard alumna Caroline Adams Miller, who specializes in positive psychology.


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Where the Magic Happens – A Metaphor for Leadership

Where the Magic Happens – A Metaphor for Leadership | Surviving Leadership Chaos | Scoop.it
These days, we seem to be questioning almost every aspect of our public education system.  Change is coming, there is no doubt about it.  Why?  Because public education still resembles too close...

 

The answer, to me, lives in realm of leadership. Teacher leaders, parent leaders, student leaders, principals, community leaders, all have a role to play in building a shared vision of change in education. Leaders must be able to bring people together and build a shared vision of what today’s students need.


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Empathy and experience key to becoming good leader

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What do today’s leaders need to create lasting impact in the world?... 

 

..empathic connection can then help us transition from “doing for” others – such as developing a set of well meaning interventions that are imposed upon a community – to “doing with” others. In the latter, change comes from within the community. For instance, a city could collectively embrace an effort to reduce gang activity through alternative community outlets such as a basketball league and employment opportunities....

 

We need more opportunities to foster these types of relationships and problem solving strategies. In an interdependent, global world, our ability to create lasting positive change will come down to our ability to work together. The more we understand each other, the sooner we can solve some of our toughest challenges.

 

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Creating Sustainable Relationships

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Leadership expert Will Marré suggests that new approaches to modern lifestyles will improve personal effectiveness and interpersonal benefits.

 

As cofounder and a former president of the Covey Leadership Center, Will Marré is a recognized expert on the subject of leadership. He is also an Emmy Award–winning writer, an advisor to the Grameen Foundation (see “Banking on Trust”),and cofounder of the Seacology Foundation, which focuses primarily on preserving South Pacific island cultures and environments. He currently serves as CEO of the REALeadership Alliance, whose aim is to help leaders “identify, communicate and implement new strategically sustainable business models.”

 

Marré’s leadership book, titled Save the World and Still Be Home for Dinner, addresses the need for some fundamental changes in the way business operates in our world. It focuses largely on the role of the individual in accomplishing those changes. Vision’s Gina Stepp spoke to him not only about leadership but about related subjects, including integrity, maturity, decision-making, goal-setting and relationships.

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An Important Seed of Achievement

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“Confidence is the father of achievement.” - Orison Swett Marden

 

 

I just completed a two-day workshop with 19 leaders. One of their biggest goals for the workshop was to leave with greater confidence. I doubt they had read today’s quotation, but they knew how important confidence is anyway.

 

What could I do to help them build their confidence over the course of a two-day workshop? I considered that a great deal during lunch and during the evening between the sessions. My conclusion was two-fold. I can’t do much, and I can do a whole lot. Let me explain.

 

I could provide information and the chance to practice new skills during the training, and those things could help someone become more confident as they apply those skills. But they have to apply the knowledge – I can’t do it for them.

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